Did racism create slavery or did slavery create racism?
Racism is defined as the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. In our history racism was prevalent for a very long time. There have been many debates as to whether racism is the product of slavery or vice versa. On the issue of slavery creating racism it can be argued that slavery came about because Europeans saw slavery as an easy way to capitalize on the new found land in the America. They were not capable of having the land cultivated by free laborers because at that time they did not have the means to pay them sufficiently and they could not withstand the amount of work that would have to be put into cultivating the land. Europeans became involved in the slave trade for capitalist reason. Slave labor was much more appealing and profitable than paying free laborers to work. In the process they had to dehumanize African Americans & bring them down to the level of property in order to justify slavery. Throughout history it shows that the founding fathers made an effort to leave slavery as a gray area by not including that actual word “SLAVERY” in the Constitution. They knew it was wrong morally but saw it as a necessity so nevertheless they allowed it to continue. On the other hand it can be argued that racism created slavery. People say that because Europeans saw themselves as the superior race this is why they felt comfortable enough to enslave another race. It was because Africans did not share the same language and culture that Europeans had that they deemed them uncivilized. Once they were deemed uncivilized then their status could be reduced from human to property. Thinking about things now I can finally choose a position…neither created the other…ignorance and capitalist instincts created them both. This just goes to show how capitalism has shaped this country from the very beginning.